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Re: PFAS chemicals in outdoor clothing

I am looking for outdoor clothing that does not contains PFAS chemicals. Two questions:

1)  I recently purchased the REI Rainer Rain Jacket but the online specs do not indicate if it has PFAS chemicals or not.    Hope you can help and let me know.  

2)  I am also looking for winter jackets (both male and female) that also do not contain PFAS chemicals.  Can you please advise on what is available.

I would appreciate any advice. Warm Regards, Joe   

 

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@Joe Thanks for your patience as we connected with our sustainability team. We heard back from them today and here's what they had to say:

While the industry is working to transition away from the use of PFAS in manufacturing water-repellent apparel, most brands still use short-chain PFAS-based chemistry due to its performance and durability. As noted previously, REI’s Co-op Brands has moved away from the use of long-chain PFAS for the DWR treatments used on our products. In addition, we’re a committed bluesign® System Partner and use bluesign®-approved materials for the majority of our apparel fabrics, including the recycled ripstop nylon shell used in the REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket we currently have in-store. Bluesign® is a group that works with brands and factories to certify the chemical inputs, materials, and suppliers that create certified products. The Bluesign® system focuses on consumer safety, resource use, occupational health and safety for workers, and water and air emissions. You can learn more about Bluesign® in REI’s Expert Advice article on the topic.

If you’re looking for PFAS-free rain jackets, there are a handful of options currently at REI, including the North Face FUTURELIGHT series (available here) and the Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket (available here). PFAS-free options will likely become more common in the future as brands continue to innovate and develop additional PFAS-free durable water-repellent technologies that perform as well as those that use PFAS.

Hope this helps!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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@Joe Thanks for reaching out!

We're going to connect with our Co-op Brands team to get answers to your questions. Thank you for bearing with us while we get the correct information for you. In the meantime, feel free to check out our Sustainable Product Practices page. Near the bottom of the page there is a section on sustainable chemistry that says:

Durable Water Repellents (DWR): Concerns about the toxicity and environmental persistence of certain durable water repellents (DWR) is driving a transition in the industry. As of 2019 product lines, REI has eliminated DWR treatments that contain long-chain PFAS from our supply chain. Use of short-chain PFAS alternatives is a positive stepping stone while we explore non-fluorinated alternatives, which we believe will eventually provide the best balance of performance and environmental stewardship.

We'll get back to you as soon as we have more information regarding your questions about the REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket and some options for winter jackets.

Thanks!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

@Joe Thanks for your patience as we connected with our sustainability team. We heard back from them today and here's what they had to say:

While the industry is working to transition away from the use of PFAS in manufacturing water-repellent apparel, most brands still use short-chain PFAS-based chemistry due to its performance and durability. As noted previously, REI’s Co-op Brands has moved away from the use of long-chain PFAS for the DWR treatments used on our products. In addition, we’re a committed bluesign® System Partner and use bluesign®-approved materials for the majority of our apparel fabrics, including the recycled ripstop nylon shell used in the REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket we currently have in-store. Bluesign® is a group that works with brands and factories to certify the chemical inputs, materials, and suppliers that create certified products. The Bluesign® system focuses on consumer safety, resource use, occupational health and safety for workers, and water and air emissions. You can learn more about Bluesign® in REI’s Expert Advice article on the topic.

If you’re looking for PFAS-free rain jackets, there are a handful of options currently at REI, including the North Face FUTURELIGHT series (available here) and the Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket (available here). PFAS-free options will likely become more common in the future as brands continue to innovate and develop additional PFAS-free durable water-repellent technologies that perform as well as those that use PFAS.

Hope this helps!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.